Benjamin Kowalewicz

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Benjamin Kowalewicz
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Benjamin Kowalewicz live at Cardiff University Students' Union, July 8, 2006.
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Kowalewicz
Born (1975-12-16) December 16, 1975 (age 38)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Origin Streetsville, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, post-hardcore, hardcore punk
Occupations Singer, songwriter, rapper
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Labels Atlantic (2002–present)
Warner (2002–present)
Roadrunner (2009–present)
Associated acts Billy Talent
To Each His Own

Benjamin Kowalewicz (/ˈkɒvəlɛvɪ/; born December 16, 1975, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian singer and the lead singer of the Punk rock band Billy Talent.

Biography[edit]

Kowalewicz, of Polish descent, was born December 16, 1975 in Pierrefonds, Quebec. He was raised in Streetsville, Ontario, but now lives in downtown Toronto. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School, where he was a drummer in a band named To Each His Own. In this band he would meet Jonathan Gallant. Kowalewicz moved from drummer to vocals and rhythm guitar, and Aaron Solowoniuk was recruited to play drums. The three would then meet Ian D'Sa to form a band called Pezz. Pezz released their first album, Watoosh!, in 1998.[1] After being threatened with a lawsuit by an American band who was also using the name Pezz, Kowalewicz suggested the name Billy Talent, taken from a character from Michael Turner's Hard Core Logo. Kowalewicz focused his work on vocals only, and Billy Talent was born.[citation needed] In this time, Kowalewicz worked in a number of positions at Toronto radio station 102.1 the Edge, as an assistant for The Ongoing History of New Music host Alan Cross, to contribute funds towards Billy Talent's first album.

Kowalewicz is featured in the song "Smiling Politely" by Cancer Bats from their album Hail Destroyer. He was featured in the song "Wake Up the Town" by Anti-Flag, which was a bonus track on their 2008 album The Bright Lights of America. Kowalewicz is seen in the video for Goldfinger's "Superman".

His home in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto was featured on the Canadian home decorating show Designer Guys. The episode is entitled "Punk Meets Traditional". Kowalewicz can also play guitar and drums. He wrote drums for "The Ex" which appears on Billy Talent's self-titled album.

Kowalewicz married his girlfriend, Rachelle Turner, after a 6-year relationship in August 2011.

Discography[edit]

Album appearances
Guest appearance

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ongoing History of New Music. "Before They Were Famous" Original Broadcast date: 13-11-05 on CFNY.